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What typically happens after a traumatic brain injury?

If you suffer a traumatic brain injury, it is sure to change your life in many ways. Fortunately, medical professionals are more skilled than ever before in treating this type of injury.

In the weeks following a traumatic brain injury, it's not uncommon for swelling and bleeding to change the brain's chemistry. As a result, the person may not show any signs of awareness.

Over time, however, it's possible for blood flow to increase and swelling to decrease. Subsequently, the injured person may begin to recover, often opening his or her eyes and beginning to take on a regular sleep cycle.

How long does it take to recover from a traumatic brain injury? This depends on many factors, including the health of the person and the extent of the injury.

Typically, the most improvement occurs during the first three to six months after the injury. This is when the person will usually improve the quickest, with steady improvements over this period. However, this is not guaranteed.

While improvement can still be seen between six months and two years, it begins to slow down. Finally, after two years has passed, improvement is not nearly as common.

If you or a loved one has suffered this type of injury, focus most your time and effort on the recovery process. Along with this, take the time to learn more about the accident that caused the injury. It's possible that you may be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. Doing so could help you receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills and other damages.

Source: Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, "Understanding TBI: Part 3 - The Recovery Process," accessed Nov. 08, 2016

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